published Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

OJ back Vegas court as lawyers mount new trial bid

O.J. Simpson is back in a Las Vegas courtroom for day two of a hearing dissecting his former lawyer's work in his 2008 robbery-kidnapping conviction.

Simpson's lawyers asked the judge on Tuesday to let the shackled former football star and actor have one hand free so he can take notes and sip water while a Nevada judge hears evidence that the 65-year-old deserves a new trial.

The judge agreed.

The hearing is aimed at proving Simpson's trial lawyer, Yale Galanter (gah-LAN'-ter), had conflicted interests and shouldn't have handled Simpson's case.

Simpson is serving nine to 33 years in prison for his 2008 conviction in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

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